Sacramento bishop laments pervasive culture that has belittled women

In a homily during Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, Bishop Jaime Soto addressed the current social climate surrounding sexual harassment. "This is not a time to lecture, but it is an opportunity to learn how to regard one … [Read More...]

Cardinal Kasper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ controversy is over

The controversy regarding Amoris laetitia has come to an end, according to German cardinal Walter Kasper. What is more, he has affirmed that the admission of remarried divorced persons to the sacraments in individual cases is, in his view, the only correct interpretation of the post-synodal … [Read More...]

Large numbers at Oakland diocese’s Guadalupe ceremony

The 12th diocesan pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe drew a record number of participants on Dec. 2. Héctor Medina, head of the diocesan Latino ministry, said this year organizers made an effort to count the participants, showing more than 7,600 people involved in the 7.5-mile … [Read More...]

The great crucifix of Mission Santa Clara

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Michael Walker: No pilgrimage to Mission Santa Clara is complete without paying compulsory homage before the altar of the great Crucifix, which never fails to inspire compunction with its Spanish grotesque stateliness. Jesus gazes down upon the devotee with … [Read More...]

San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not … [Read More...]

Federal judge orders military to accept transgender recruits beginning Jan. 1

A federal court has ruled that the Trump administration must comply by January 1 with the Obama administration's 2016 policy of allowing transgender recruits into the military. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling denies White House attempts to prevent self-identifying transgender … [Read More...]

Greenfield priest gets Lumen Christi Award

Celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day came two days early in Greenfield on Sunday. Nearly two thousand individuals came out to participate in the hour-long procession including Aztec dancers, costumed native bands, women in embroidered dresses and many caballeros on horseback. The … [Read More...]

CA organ procurement companies admit guilt in illegal body parts trafficking

Two bioscience companies have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney's office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday. According to the settlement signed Monday, DV Biologics LLC and sister … [Read More...]

Dean of Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University dismisses ‘war on Christmas’

A website that agitates for pro-abortion and LGBT causes has produced a video by a Jesuit priest who dismisses the notion that there is a “war on Christmas,” and tells  viewers ,“I don’t think Jesus would care much about whether we say Merry Christmas or not.” Fr. Kevin O’Brien, dean of the Jesuit … [Read More...]

Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a poorly translated line of the Our Father. “This is not a good translation,” the Pope said in the video, published Dec. 6. “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward … [Read More...]

Three CA bishops sign letter urging Republican support for DACA

Congressional members Mimi Walters and Ed Royce have received a unique letter – it was signed by every Catholic pastor in their districts, and it asks for more action and less talk on DACA. Parishioners across Orange County also will hear more about the so-called Dreamers from their church pews … [Read More...]

Archbishop Naumann: Pro-abortion politicians who claim to be good Catholics must be admonished

Politicians who “flaunt” being Catholic while asserting that they are also pro-abortion are guilty of “misleading” other Catholics and must be admonished, said U.S. Archbishop Joseph Naumann in a recent interview. Naumann, who was elected last month by his brother bishops over Cardinal Blase Cupich … [Read More...]

Nearly 100 retired nuns evacuated from LA nursing home threatened by fire

Mary Kowalski wasn't bothered when she was told by the nursing home staff to pack all her belongings and get ready to evacuate. It was at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and ash-filled smoke from the multimillion-dollar homes burning in the Skirball fire was all around. She got ready to leave. Kowalski, 87, is … [Read More...]

Book celebrates Hollywood abortionist who killed 50,000 babies

A new book is remembering the legacy of an abortionist whose services were “a kind of public utility, not unlike the water or fire department.” On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) published an excerpt from the upcoming book “The Audacity of Inez Burns: Dreams, Desire, Treachery & Ruin in … [Read More...]